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Root Canal Therapy

One of the most dreaded procedures in dentistry is root canal therapy. However, patients in North Aurora, Illinois, who are told by their dental professional that they can benefit from root canal therapy should not worry. This procedure is pain-free and is nothing to worry about.

What is root canal therapy?

Also known as endodontic therapy, root canal therapy is a term used to describe a treatment that is performed in the inner canals of a natural tooth. Inside of a tooth is a mass of tissues called the dental pulp that is housed in the pulp chamber. The tissues include the nerve and blood supply that keep the tooth alive. When the area becomes infected or irritated, root canal therapy is performed. This treatment is recommended to many patients as it can eliminate the need for permanent extraction and can keep an infection from becoming worse.

What are the signs that you may need root canal therapy?

There are several symptoms our dentists might look for to determine if a patient needs to undergo root canal therapy. Some common indications include:

  • Severe tooth pain (toothache)
  • Sensitivity to temperature changes
  • Discoloration of the natural tooth
  • Swelling, red, and tender gum tissue
  • Recurring pimple or growth that develops on the gums

What is the root canal process like?

First and foremost the dentists at North Aurora Smiles will ensure the tooth is completely numb by administering local anesthetics and nitrous gas (upon request). For those patients who are experiencing a toothache prior to having the procedure done will sometimes feel immediate relief of the pain. The procedure is usually completed in one to two visits. In most situations, a dental crown will be necessary to properly restore the decayed/broken down tooth structure and offer an extra level of protection.

Interested in learning more about root canal therapy?

Contact the dentists of North Aurora Smiles in North Aurora, IL, to book a consultation visit. Call (630) 984-2223 to speak with our friendly front office team about scheduling an appointment. We are conveniently located at 601 Randall Crossing Lane and accept new patients and families including patients from the communities of Aurora, Sugar Grove, Geneva, Batavia, Big Rock, Campton Hills, Sycamore, Maple Park, Hinckley, Elburn and Yorkville.

Root Canal Video

Root Canal Video
Root canal therapy is a very common procedure. It has a reputation of being undesirable and painful. But when done properly it is actually painless.
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Dr. Hammad Aziz, North Aurora Smiles, IL
Dr. Stephanie Janes, North Aurora Smiles, IL

North Aurora Smiles

North Aurora Smiles is a patient-centered practice offering gentle, comprehensive dental care services for the whole family. Our top priority is to ensure the optimal health and wellness of our patients, and helping them to achieve healthy beautiful smiles for life. The doctors pride themselves on being whole-health focused with an overall philosophy of being minimally invasive in their dental treatment.

Dr. Hammad Aziz is a skilled and experienced professional, having graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Cum Laude with departmental honors and obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) at the University of Illinois, College of Dentistry. He is certified in Invisalign, Dental Implants, Six Month Smiles (invisible, clear braces), Sleep Apnea/Snoring with the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and the Institute for Cranio-Facial Sleep Medicine. Dr. Aziz is also certified in Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation Therapy, and is a BLS (CPR) Healthcare Provider / ACLS Certified. He is an active member of the Academy of Biomimetic Dentistry, and a Member of the Academy of General Dentistry, Founding Member and President Elect of the CM Dental Society, and Past President and Member of the Aurora Dental Society.

Dr. Stephanie Janes earned her Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry (DMD) degree from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, School of Dental Medicine. While there, she also earned a Master’s degree in Health Service Administration and a Humanitarian Award on behalf of the International College of Dentists. Later, she completed a General Practice Residency through the University of Chicago at NorthShore University HealthSystemEvanston Hospital. She gained hospital dentistry experience with a focus on medically-compromised patients and emergency dentistry. This program enabled her to enhance her comprehensive dental skills, especially in endodontics and cosmetic dentistry. She is also certified in therapeutic botox and dermal filler treatments to relieve bruxism (clenching and grinding) and TMJ pains, which she is passionate about.